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Brewers mourn passing of former scout Guerrero

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash remembered with fondness Friday legendary scout Epy Guerrero, who worked for Milwaukee from 1996-2003 and died Thursday in the Dominican Republic. He was 71.

Guerrero was considered a titan of Dominican baseball, best known for his more than two decades scouting for the Toronto Blue Jays. He served a number of capacities for the Brewers, including running the club's Latin American academy until the facility was shuttered after the 2003 season. Among the players he scouted and signed for Milwaukee was Venezuelan shortstop Alcides Escobar, who started for the Brewers on Opening Day 2010 and was traded to Kansas City after that season.

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Two of Guerrero's sons, Mike and Sandy, are coaches in the Brewers' Minor League chain, Mike Guerrero as manager at Triple-A Nashville and Sandy Guerrero as roving hitting instructor. Both took leave from their posts earlier in the week and were able to spend a few days with their father before his passing.

"He was a prolific scout," Ash said. "His list of players that got to the big leagues was impressive. A tireless worker. He had thorough knowledge of not just the Dominican, but all of Latin America. Very creative, and a great talent evaluator."

Brewers Minor League field and catching coordinator Charlie Greene has been running the Nashville club in Mike Guerrero's absence.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. Kevin Massoth is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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